Rarely doesnews coverage break down so cleanly along easy political lines as it did whenthe dailies responded to the release of the New York state fourth-grade readingtests' miserable results last week. "Private Schools Fare Little Betteron New 4th-Grade Test," The New YorkTimes announced. "PrivateProblem: Their school test results are less than stellar, too," insistedNewsday. "Private School Failures: 56% of nonpublic pupils don'tmeet standards," blared the Daily News.
And theNew York Post? "Private schools a class above in reading tests,"the Murdoch paper confidentlyproclaimed.